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25 Investigates: Lawmakers call for federal probe of postal time card fraud

My Fox Boston - “A time card scandal at the troubled U.S. Postal Service now involves more than a dozen post offices around Boston, 25 Investigates has learned. Investigative Reporter Eric Rasmussen found the new accusations about time card cheating came from two Massachusetts congressmen and involve a dozen postal facilities in the Greater Boston area. … U.S. representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch say nearly 100 post office managers are suspected of cheating employees out of overtime pay, according to a letter dated Nov. 30 they sent to the USPS Inspector General. It’s unclear why Boston managers would doctor postal workers’ time cards, but a similar scandal surfaced in 2016 at USPS facilities in Richmond, Virginia. In the Richmond case, postal managers got bonuses in exchange for keeping overtime costs down, according to a pending federal lawsuit. Now Capuano and Lynch are calling for a federal investigation of time card fraud in Boston.”          

Chinese Drugmakers Are Getting Opioids Into the US Through the Postal Service

TIME - “Congressional investigators said Wednesday that Chinese opioid manufacturers are exploiting weak screening at the U.S. Postal Service to ship large quantities of illegal drugs to American dealers. In a yearlong probe , Senate investigators found that Chinese sellers, who openly market opioids such as fentanyl to U.S. buyers, are pushing delivery through the U.S. postal system. The sellers are taking advantage of a failure by the postal service to fully implement an electronic data system that would help authorities identify suspicious shipments.”

Locations narrowing for new Lake View Post Office

Buffalo News - “Three locations have surfaced for a new Lake View Post Office, and the U.S. Postal Service is accepting comments on those and other possible locations until Feb. 21. The post office at 6550 Southwestern Blvd. closed a year ago.”          

USPS to Host Public Meeting in Ocean View, Feb. 13

Big Island Now - “The U.S. Postal Service is hosting an informational meeting regarding the Contract Postal Unit (CPU) located in Ocean View on the island of Hawai'i on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at 11 a.m.. The meeting with USPS Real Estate Specialist Dean Cameron, is to discuss changing the Ocean View Contract...”

Liberals ending Harper-era program to convert home mail delivery to community boxes

BNN - Canada - “A program launched by the Harper Conservatives to end door-to-door mail delivery in Canada was formally ended Wednesday by the Trudeau government as part of a new plan the Liberals say will eventually put Canada Post on a more sound financial footing. However, the roughly 840,000 households that have converted to community mail boxes since 2014 were told they won't get the service back -- a decision postal workers and the opposition New Democrats declared a broken promise.”